Former hockey brawler Darren McCarty, whose 12 years with the Red Wings included four Stanley Cups, now plays in a business arena with a branded line of marijuana products.
The 48-year-old NHL retiree partners with a Pincanna, a Farmington Hills company that opened its first dispensary five weeks ago in Kalkaska, east of Traverse City. The ex-athlete makes a three-hour appearance there today to introduce Darren McCarty Pucker Up Pre-Rolls.
He and Pincanna also collaborate on marijuana strains, gummies, CBD topical rub and marijuana-infused candy bars, the company says. "After years of believing in the use of medical and recreational cannabis, four-time Stanley Cup champion and former Detroit Red Wing Darren McCarty has developed his own brand," it posts.
The newly emerged pot entrepreneur played right wing for Detroit from 1993-2004 and 2008-09. "McCarty has been known more for his fists than his scoring ability, taking on the role of the Red Wings enforcer most of his career," his Wikipedia page says.
Pincanna Leaf Group incorporated last March and is building a grow site and "provisioning center" in Pinconning (Bay County).